It happens every year but we haven't before recorded at the
right time to illustrate it. It is the very rapid growth rate
of V. cruziana when "turned loose" (planted in pond
bottoms from usually 6" [15cm] pots). The first three
pictures were taken July 10.
The plant in the image at the upper left perhaps shows this
growth the best, jumping from a 7" (18cm) pad to 29"
(74cm) in five pads, about three weeks.
Next is the cruziana that was a breeding plant in Reflection
last year, just barely survived the winter and has been reinstalled
in Dune as part of our experiment with older plant vs. younger
plant growth rates. This is the only adult cruziana we
have even brought over from the previous season. The image at
the left shows pads 21", 30" and 42" (53, 76 and
107cm). It achieved 50" (127cm), larger than its maximum
size in 2007.
Dwarfing all competition was this cruziana in Reflection.
The picture shows pads from 21" to 59" (53 to 150cm)
with #6 still expanding. This explosion occurred in about 30
days. These were far and away the largest cruziana pads we have
ever had, eclipsing our previous record by more than 17"
(43cm). It ultimately had pads of 68" (173cm), bigger than
even the hybrids in record size.